Tennessee Man Charged in Wild Horse Deaths

Tennessee Man Charged in Wild Horse Deaths

Adam Finn of Germantown, Tenn., was arrested after allegedly killing two BLM mustangs while driving under the influence.

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

A Tennessee man is facing multiple charges in connection with the death of two Pryor Mountain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming earlier this week.

The Pryor Mountain mustangs are BLM-managed wild horses that reside on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. The range is composed of U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and BLM land. The BLM oversees horse-related activities, and the Park Service has an agreement with BLM law enforcement to investigate on one another's property, said Cassity Bromley, chief of resources for the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Bromley said a tipster contacted park rangers around 10 a.m. on July 24 after finding the animals dead on U.S. Highway 37. The horses had been struck by a car driven by Adam Finn of Germantown, Tenn., who was found not far from the accident scene. He was uninjured, she said.

"He wasn't hard to catch. His car just couldn't go any further," Bromley said.

Finn was unavailable for comment.

Bromley said that National Park Service law enforcement authorities arrested Finn on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was cited for driving a vehicle with a breath alcohol concentration of 0.8 or greater, for unsafe operation-failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, destruction of natural resources, and for moving a vehicle from an accident scene.

Finn will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Lander, Wyo., to answer the charges, Bromley said.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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